- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Trial has begun in eastern Pennsylvania for a man accused of having killed and dismembered a woman whose remains were left along two interstates six years ago.

Monroe County prosecutors allege that 40-year-old Charles Ray Hicks of Tobyhanna tortured and killed 36-year-old Deanna Null in January 2008.

Authorities said her remains were found in trash bags along Interstates 80 and 380 in the Stroudsburg area, 70 miles north of Philadelphia, and her severed hands were hidden in Hicks’ home. Jurors were warned Wednesday that they would be shown graphic images.

Prosecutors plan to seek capital punishment if Hicks is convicted of first-degree murder.

Authorities say Hicks told investigators that he gave the victim drugs in exchange for sex but didn’t harm her, saying she died of an accidental drug overdose.

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